The crossover that kicked off the now best-selling Sport Activity Vehicle segment at BMW, the X3, has been totally redesigned and brings some firsts for the brand. These include a factory-installed trailer hitch and the introduction of an M Performance variant within the model range. Let’s take a look in more detail.
Not really any bigger than the outgoing version, the wheelbase has however grown by 56 millimetres giving it a more established road presence. Rather than a flat kidney grille inset into the front bumper, the edges are raised providing a three-dimensional quality. Below, sleeker hexagonal foglights replace the former round units. At the back, the taillights are also shaped with a 3-D appearance and the exhaust pipes have been split into a dual setup.
As mentioned, this is the initial BMW SAV to receive a hitch straight off the assembly line. The two-inch receiver allows customers to get the most use out of the vehicle by attaching OEM accessories like a tongue, towing ball, bike rack and more to haul whatever equipment is needed for their next adventure.
Updates to the interior come in the form of more storage space, a three-zone climate control system and individually adjustable second row backrests that can be remotely released from the cargo area. The panoramic glass moonroof is a full 249 millimetres longer than before.
The X3 xDrive30i takes the place of the outgoing xDrive28i and utilizes a 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine producing 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The new flagship M40i uses a boosted 3.0-litre mill pumping out 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft, which is 23 per cent more torque compared to the pervious grade-topping XDrive35i. Both are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
xDrive all-wheel drive is standard on all trims. The 2018 BMW X3 is available now.